Monday, November 29, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
|Charles, the Holy Roman Emperor and family|
War isn't my thing. Blood, guts and the thought of death never appealed to me. Instead, I focus on other aspects the religious and social aspects of history. Oddly enough when I tell people I majored in history, they always ramble on about this battle or that. Memorizing battles isn't history. Instead, history comes from the individuals who lived it and their interpretations. For the past couple weeks, however, I've wanted to write another article on World War I. Not about the battles, but the people. The blog "Tea at Trianon," has a wonderful article about the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles, desperately seeking a peace treaty with the Allies during World War I. Unfortunately, Charles failed in his gallant attempt and "the rest they say, is history."
Tea at Trianon: Blessed Karl and the First World War
Sunday, November 21, 2010
|"Never judge a book by it's cover."~ American Proverb|
That's right, crack. When your spouse purchases a book that is more addicting than crack; there's a problem. The crack, I mean book, which my husband purchased is called, "American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us" by Robert Putanam and David Campbell, both of whom are political science professors at major universities.
|The US Surgeon General warns that this book is more addicting than crack.|
Books are my crack and my husband knows this all to well. Once I get addicted to a book, life as I know it stops. The most famous incident involved Ken Follett's book, Pillars of the Earth, which is over a thousand pages long. I began to read it reluctantly, but soon found myself so engrossed that I didn't go to bed until 2:00 AM. Having dreamt about the book all night, I called in sick pretending to have a horrible migraine. Addictions are brutal. Luckily, I was working at a library and all librarians have struggled with the same addiction.
Putnam's book is a less potent crack, but still addicting. "American Grace" covers contemporary religious culture in the United States, while exploring the complex dualism in American religion. According to Putnam's research, Americans are becoming more tolerant of other faiths on a personal level, but more judgmental on the nation level. In addition to an in-depth analysis of his survey findings and the historic origins of American religion, communal religious experiences are woven throughout the book Thus, giving the reader a greater understanding of today's religious and political landscape.
The only bad thing about this book is the cover, which looks like it was ripped off of a 1970's hymnal book. Yes, it's that bad. While I normally don't advise leaving the book jacket on (they make books difficult to shelve), don't take it off. Otherwise, people may open the book expecting the lyrics from Kum ba ya.
I almost forgot, Federal law requires me to disclose if I was paid or received any compensation for reviewing this book. While my book habit is expensive, I can say proudly that my husband bought this book on his own initiative. After all, he does have good taste!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
|Have some tea.|
I feel guilty fellow bloggers. My son is teething and lack of sleep has sapped me of all of my energy. I did find an interesting post from the blog, "Tea at Trianon." She's a mother, very productive blogger and author of several books. Yes, I am jealous. Regardless, this post is referring to an article in the Washington Post about motherhood. I normally don't get excited about different parenting philosophies, because each culture has its own rules and regulations regarding children. As Americans, we tend to obsess and feel guilt. I always go by what feels right and what has worked in the past with my nieces and nephews.
To everyone that reads my blog, don't be hard on mothers or fathers! We are all doing the best we can!